Everything you should know about In-Vehicle Monitoring System (IVMS)
Every vehicle belonging to most oil multinationals have a system known as In-Vehicle Monitoring System (IVMS). That’s why you can hardly see a vehicle belonging to a company like Julius Berger, Shell, Schlumberger, Chevron etc drive recklessly on the road or involved in a terrible accident. This is not because they have the best drivers on the roads. I agree most of their drivers possess special skills but this is not the major reason why their vehicles are mostly accident-free. The major reason is that the vehicles (SUVs, pickups and coaster buses) are being monitored closely from the office. Any reckless act by the driver will be noticed immediately which may prompt the office to take action.
In most multinational companies, before the vehicle leaves the premises the journey has already been planned by the journey managers. The journey managers will tell the driver the routes to follow and the routes not to follow. Including the speed limit. As soon as the journey begins, they start tracking the vehicle on their computers. Using an electronic system called In-Vehicle Monitoring System (IVMS).
IVMS is just an electronic device that is installed in a vehicle to monitor the driver’s activities as well as other behaviours such as driving speed, harsh braking, using mobile phones while driving etc. There are different types of IVMS depending on the manufacturer or type. Some IVMS that is powerful enough to transmit information back to the head office in real-time and can even enable the head office to switch off the vehicle automatically if the need arises. There are others which store information which can be retrieved later, others have inbuilt cameras and so on.
Benefits of installing IVMS in vehicles
- Any vehicle with advanced IVMS installed can never be stolen. This is because it transmits information back to the office in real-time. If the vehicle moves away from its usual route, the office will switch it off immediately and the thief can either run away or wait to be arrested.
- It minimizes accidents: I enjoy watching convoys belonging to Schlumberger or Julius Berger. So organized, the drivers know their speed limits, their routes and expected time of arrival. The IVMS prevents reckless driving because any driver that fails to adhere to instruction will be fired.
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